Shrub Leaves: opposite, more than twice as long as wide, tips pointed. Flowers: in pairs, axillary. Calyx short, five-lobed. Corolla whitish, to 13 mm long, tubular, five-lobed, hairless outside. Corolla tube 4 - 5 mm long or longer, slightly hairy to hairy. Stamens five. Fruit: a few-seeded berry, in pairs, reddish orange. Twigs: hollow. Form: upright.
Similar species: Lonicera ruprechtiana is similar but its corolla tube only grows to 3 mm long. Lonicera x bella is also similar, but its corolla grows over 13 mm long.
Habitat and ecology: Escaped from cultivation. Widespread in waste ground, along railroads, fencerows, and woodland borders. It also grows in grazed-out woodlands.
Occurence in the Chicago region: non-native
Etymology: Lonicera is named after Adam Lonicer (1528-1586), a German botanist and author. Muendeniensis is named after the botanical garden in Munden, Germany, where this hybrid originated from the seed of Lonicera x bella.
Author: The Morton Arboretum
Citation: The vPlants Project. vPlants: A Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region. http://www.vplants.org
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